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Meeting the Health Care Needs of Lincoln County

Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC) and Presbyterian Healthcare Services (Presbyterian) have provided care for the residents of Lincoln County for more than four decades. In November 8, 2016, Lincoln County residents voted to approve a $25 million general obligation bond to help pay for the construction of a new hospital that will replace the existing Lincoln County Medical Center facility.

A general obligation bond is a common type of debt used by states and local governments to raise money for public projects. The bond is secured by the government’s pledge to use legally available resources to repay bond holders. In this case, the bond will be paid off by lease payments made by Presbyterian, which has leased and operated Lincoln County Medical Center since 1972.

New Facilities

Lincoln County, in partnership with Presbyterian, is in the process of building a new critical access hospital and a new emergency medical services (EMS) facility in Ruidoso. Presbyterian leases and operates Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC) and will equip, staff and manage the facilities.

This $38.1 million investment will enhance the care that LCMC already provides and help to retain and attract new physicians to meet the future healthcare needs of our community. Patients will receive care at the current Lincoln County Medical Center until the new building is complete.


  • Hospital construction is expected to start in late 2017, with an expected opening in 2019.
  • EMS building construction started in June 2017 and is expected to open in late 2017.

Please call (575) 257-8250 to learn more about how you can support the Lincoln County Medical Center Foundation and this investment in the healthcare needs of our community.